OnePlus recently launched its 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5T smartphone, with all bells and whistles. In addition to a gorgeous 6-inch 18:9 Optic AMOLED display, it comes with a new Face Unlock feature that unlocks your phone within 0.5 seconds without you having to touch any button. The feature is also expected to come to OnePlus 5.
Google already offers a similar feature with Android called Trusted face but it’s nowhere near as fast or convenient as the current competition.
Luckily, if you are an Android user, you can get the Face Unlock feature on your phone. AutoInput is a Tasker plugin, which allows you to automate virtually any UI menu inside the device. It will also let you unlock the phone by just showing your face. Here's how you can set up the feature.
How to Get OnePlus 5T's Face Unlock on Any Android
Step 1. Download AutoInput App
Download the AutoInput app from Google Play Store. It's been stated that you need to join the AutoInput beta program to use the app. However, I was able to use the app without becoming a beta tester.
Also, when I tried to join the program, it said that my account wasn't eligible for this app's testing program.
Step 2. Start a Free Trial
Open the app, tap on the Start Trial button and you will get a free 7-day trial of the app. You can even buy the app for $1.99.
However, it'll be better to test the app for a few days and buy if you plan to use it regularly.
Step 3. Enable Accessibility Service in AutoInput
This step is only required for devices running Android Nougat. If your device is running Android 8.0 Oreo, you won't need this step.
For devices running Android Nougat, you will see a prompt in red text to enable the service. You will be now taken to Settings of your Android device. Scroll down to AutoInput and tap the toggle to enable it.
Step 4. Enable Auto Dismiss Keyguard
Users with Oreo devices can continue to follow steps from here. You'll now see a prompt in green text that says AutoInput accessibility service is enabled.
Tap on the Auto Dismiss Keyguard button right under the Standalone Features tab. Toggle to enable this feature.
Step 5. Set up Trusted Face
To set up your face, go to Settings > Security and Location and then tap on Smart Lock. At this point, you will have to enter your current PIN or pattern, if you have one.
Tap on "Trusted Face" and follow the steps to set it up. You will have to scan your face. Make sure you have enough light around while setting this feature up.
Step 6. Try Face Unlock on Your Android
Now that you have set the feature up, try to unlock the phone with your face. This workaround allows you to unlock the phone by just pressing the power button. It eliminates the process where you'd either use the fingerprint scanner, a PIN or a pattern to unlock the phone.
It must be noted that this method is not as secured as the actual OnePlus 5T feature. Several times during this testing, I could unlock the phone without even looking at it directly. This means that the phone unlocked immediately as you press the power button.
Other Apps Don't Fare Well
There are several apps in Google Play Store that claim to unlock your phone with facial recognition. However, these apps are old and haven't been updated for some time.
In addition to bad ratings, they show bad reviews where the users complained about how the application had affected their phone. Hence, it's better to avoid downloading such misleading apps.
In comparison, the combination of AutoInput and Smart Lock is fairly secure and effective.
That's All Folks!
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